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In times where most everything is getting smaller, Panasonic has recycled the idea that bigger is better. The design of the new AG-DVC7 is a blast from the past, sporting a large rear-end that allows for easy and stable shoulder shooting. There is nothing "retro " about the camera, however. While it has the outward appearance of a big-dollar model, at the heart is an affordable single-CCD imaging system.
Shoulder-braced shots are usually much more stable than handheld. If you are a little larger than average, however, you may run into a few challenges. And, although the camcorder boasts a nice 2. Many of the controls on the DVC7 are similar to those found on a professional camera. The right hand assumes a natural grip, with the thumb hovering over the record button and fingers poised on the zoom rocker.
An array of push buttons are within easy reach on the left and are used to access many functions, but many others require you to scroll through menus. While this is common with nearly all consumer cameras, most true pro-level models offer direct control of key functions with knobs, dials and switches on the camera body.
One ergonomic benefit of the DVC7 is the ability to focus manually on the lens barrel. The focus ring has a solid feel and is smooth and quiet. The zoom also has a very nice feel. On full zoom, minimum focal distance is about five feet. The macro kicks in at full wide and provides for excellent extreme enlargements from just a few inches away. The auto focus operated well, usually finding the subject within less than a second.
We found that low-light situations, low-contrast subjects and mostly horizontal elements such as a featureless horizons fooled the camera. Manual focus is the default of most pros and the typical users of the DVC7 anyhow. The zoom is optical to 15x and digital to x. The optical zoom quality was excellent, but not surprisingly the digital image begins to degrade very quickly after about 40x.
The zoom control allowed for smooth and variable movement both in an out, but there was a perceptible start and stop that made it difficult to ease-in and out of our zooms. There was noticeable noise from the zoom motor that we could hear on the recorded tape during quiet sections. Image stabilization is electronic, not optical, and provides a degree of protection from small vibrations or movements.
The on-camera stereo microphone sits just above the lens at the base of the large handle, which is not a great location. While it is capable of capturing the voice of someone standing less than ten feet away, it picks up tape transport and zoom motor noise in complete silence.
Of course it is always preferable to use an off-camera mike close to the subject. The DVC7 has a stereo mini jack input along with a headphone jack for monitoring. There are no manual level adjustments for audio gain or headphone volume. When used, it sounded as though the camera was increasing or decreasing the overall gain as we zoomed in and out.
Overall, the images that this camera produced were decent, but not impressive. Scenes with high contrast resolved with good detail and little noise in the dark areas. The camera recorded colors accurately although the saturation and separation of reds and greens was limited. Skin tones, while not objectionable, tended to remain slightly cool even after adjusting white balancing.
The Auto Tracking White Balance is a handy feature that worked well when we moved or panned slowly from different light sources. We found the automatic features to be good, but the camera lacks a host of features a professional might look for e.
There are real ergonomic advantages to shoulder-shooting with a larger camera and perhaps that is a reason to consider this camera.
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Its shoulder-held design provides outstanding stability when shooting. A variety of automatic functions combine with large control buttons and digital picture effects to ensure simple operation and extraordinary results. And a full line of optional equipment, including a wide conversion lens, and external stereo microphone , lets the AG-DVC7 serve a variety of high-level uses. Lightweight and easy to use, the AG-DVC7 is ideal for applications demanding professional recording performance at an entry-level price.
Panasonic AG-DVC7 User Manual